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Hi all, new to the forum and lost amongst all the HTPC options.

I'm trying to build a budgety (under 500, hopefully) HTPC that will primarily stream HD video content, and some non HD content (NHL Game Center being the main thing). I had initially intended on getting an intel atom asus board with an nvidia gpu, but from reading around here it seems like that may not be my best option. Absolutely no gaming, so it doesn't have to be a killer PC, just able to do streaming content.

This is the motherboard/cpu/gpu combo I was thinking of getting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-653-_-Product

And this is the case (because it has a remote)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-046-_-Product

Add those to 4gb of memory, a $50 liteon blu ray player and a western digital 5400 rpm hdd and I think I was around $450 or so. Basically, I'm looking for any suggetions and help on components, with the only real requirements being a) moderately quiet b) has a remote that turns the whole system on / off so I can watch my TV from bed (yes, I'm lazy). If you think the components I have picked out are good enough to do the job, great. If there's better components I should look at/better deals, please fire away.

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
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Ok, in an effort to be a bit more specific (ok, the above post wasn't specific at all), here's my current build sheet. I'd like to know if there's anywhere I can shave a few bucks, or need to spend some more. What I want is a remote controllable HTPC that streams HD content (specifically NHL game center) without a problem. Won't be playing games at all. Thanks!


ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
Kingston HyperX 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Total cost...340 with a heatsink. 395 with that cool lenovo remotepaddle.
post #3 of 10
That looks fine but don't expect much at all from that remote. It may be able to sleep the pc idk.

Most people use something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=wmc%20remoter

It will work with the ir receiver on your case.
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post #4 of 10
You wouldn't happen to have an iPhone or iPod Touch, would you? There are plenty of apps, HippoRemote being my favorite, for controlling your HTPC (or ANY PC). The advantage is that it also doubles as a mouse/keyboard and doesn't require line of sight.

As for the build, perhaps you might want to look into an AM3 build with an Athlon II x2. Then down the road when Bluray is obsolete and some amazing new format is released, you can toss in a better CPU. The 785 and 880 chipsets have onboard video that will do blueray.
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post #5 of 10
for $500 i can build 2 htpc's. why dont you look at some used pc components?
i dont buy psu used. look into it and save your self hundreds of dollars
post #6 of 10
Do you have a Microcenter near you? You can get a Athlon II X2 + 785G for $70.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by valtopps View Post
for $500 i can build 2 htpc's. why dont you look at some used pc components?
i dont buy psu used. look into it and save your self hundreds of dollars
Idk about all that. Not everyone likes to buy old used stuff and crappy $20 cases.

$500 for 2 systems would be pretty hard to do and that would probably be some pretty crappy hardware (old tech)
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post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I almost went intel over the weekend, but am going to stick w/ AMD--turns out gamecenter needs a 2.2ghz processor, which the Atom ones aren't.

Any case recommendations if that remote case is a ripoff? I do have an iPhone, so I'll definitely look into an app to control the htpc.

Unfortunately, no Microcenters near me, so it looks like about $150 for an AM3 X2 and 880 combo. Happy to pay a bit more for future upgradability, unless it's really the case that you're better off saving 50ish today and just spending 100 more later.
Edited by hockeybike - 2/22/11 at 2:53pm
post #9 of 10
I use a Silverstone HTPC case. They are pricey but sure look great.
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post #10 of 10
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Ok, almost done. Before I hit "buy", can anyone shed any light on benefits of going with an Asus 785G board vs Asrock/biostar 880? I'm leaning towards the asus one, even if i lose some features because I want the reliability and a lot of the biostar reviews say doa/dead too soon.
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